Spoiler alert: This article contains details about tonight Blue blood Twelfth season finale.
except: “Anthony, I didn’t just invite you to dinner just because we’re friends,” Cold bloodAssistant New York District Attorney Erin Reagan (Bridget Moynahan) informs Detective Anthony Apetmarco (Steve Sherpa) and her assembled family at the end of the night. Blue blood Twelfth season finale.
“I also invited you because I wanted you here when I told my family I was throwing my hat in the ring for DA,” added the shocked NYPD Commissioner Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck) only daughter, nephews, sister-in-law, grandfather and father.
“I guess I realized one of the reasons for not running is that I might be afraid of losing,” Moynahan’s character goes on to tell the family about the weekly dinner table and a very special look at nearby Frank, who’s been encouraging such a move for a while. “But I do believe that if I had your love and support, I would be unbeatable,” she concluded in what might be news to her rival, her boss, and the progressive slant. Blue blood Kimberly Crawford (Roslyn Rove).
A precursor to one of the main plot lines of season 13, the sitting end of season 12 of the CBS series directed by Kevin Wade once again reveals a show that still knows its strengths and plays with them. Although there are some horrific corpses (by broadcast standards, at least), the reunion, the tense improvised bomb drive, the sex-trafficking statues, adoption, Frank Reagan’s warhorse, his cop clan, and his extended family all make it out on the Alive and intact in Siobhan Berne O’Connor penned the epilogue of “Silver Linings”.
Executive Producer Wade spoke to me about the end of the twelfth season of the Donnie Wahlberg series, Will Estes, Marissa Ramirez, Vanessa Ray, Lynne Carrillo, and occasionally Will Hochman, the series’ co-star. In addition to addressing the fictional civil feud between the Big Apple’s chief constable and the top attorney general that reflects what is happening in many cities and jurisdictions across the country, the EP also provided a simple blueprint for how this DA race will play out in Season 13 of Blue blood.
Limit: The overt confrontation between Frank Reagan and African-American female DA Crawford that has been brewing over the treatment of nonviolent criminals and more than we’ve seen take shape sharply in this year’s season finale is a hot topic in New York, Los Angeles, and elsewhere among real-life cop stores and elective DAs. Why was this where I wanted to plant a narrative flag?
valley: As we came together to form the stories and themes for Season 12, we got into a dynamic of all of our characters that have gone, in one form or another: we’re cops, we’re assistant prosecutors. We are not spokespersons, critics, or politicians measuring which direction the wind is blowing. We are law enforcement, and what we do has been under attack, sometimes justly, often unfairly, for a while now. So we can either quit smoking and find another way to make a living, or we can stay and do what we do well. We choose to survive and fight.
Limit: Was this dynamic successful during the season in hindsight?
valley: Not every story in every episode committed to or attempted this. But the dominant dynamic we targeted was telling stories about a family and an extended family of law enforcement professionals choosing to go back to the very reason they signed up in the first place — to try to get some justice and mercy for the people who deserve it and to arrest and prosecute the people who deserve it.
Limit: In this context, the other big swing was that Erin Reagan finally took the electoral momentum herself after some inaccurate moves from her father…
valley: Yes, the great alternative.
Limit: why now?
valley: We played with her less than four or five DA’s, who often conflicted with her about principles as well as about ways and means. So, the choice for her character seems to be: If you think you can do the job, ask for it or else, sit down. It’s time for you to ask her to announce her candidacy for the position.
Limit: How will this be done in practice during the next season?
valley: Season 13 will have two tracks for Eren. Do the job you do, challenge yourself and challenge your suitability for the job you want. What you would like to do and what you would not like to do in order to get it. Lots of horse trading, soul-searching, and turmoil with the powers that be enjoyed by her partner Anthony, and especially her family.